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|BSC Celebrates Transitional Studies Emporium with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House||Tuesday, October 22 2013||BSC Celebrates Transitional Studies Emporium with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College community celebrated the opening of a new “Transitional Studies Emporium (TSE)” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in the Basic Science Building, October 18. The Emporium “represents a bold advance in developmental education,” according to Dr. Sean Connolly (Director of the BSC Department of Transitional Studies).
The Emporium is a centerpiece in the College’s Developmental Renovation Plan that was launched at the start of the Fall 2013 Semester. With the increasing emphasis placed upon developmental education by the U.S. Department of Education and on the state level by the Higher Education Policy Commission, BSC has partnered with Complete College America and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to fund the facility. Grant funding has underwritten the state-of-the-art technology in the Emporium’s lab, technology training for developmental education instructors, and conference travel for professional developmental education.
Jessica Thompson, Instructor of Developmental Mathematics and TSE Coordinator and Dr. Jan Czarnecki, Coordinator of Developmental English, and the BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have played important roles in delivering the services provided through the Emporium.
“The new technologies provided both in the lab and in our course curricula are able to strategically target student needs in developmental English and mathematics by using computer-assisted instruction that individualizes student lesson planning,” Connolly added.
The Emporium also nurtures a feeling of community among students, which should help with retaining students during the vitally important period from freshman to sophomore year. “Bluefield State College has set a standard for developmental education programming and instruction,” Connolly observed. “Our Transitional Studies lab is not merely a learning facility, but is a symbol of the swift and strong advances the College has made to address the educational needs of our students, our region, and our country.”
Dr. Connolly also expressed appreciation to the Title III program and to Shelia Johnson, the College’s Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs, for their support of the Developmental Studies Emporium.
|Recording Artist John Ellison Returns to Southern WV to Deliver “Some Kind of Wonderful” Program at Bluefield State, Oct. 23||Tuesday, October 15 2013||Recording Artist John Ellison Returns to Southern WV to Deliver “Some Kind of Wonderful” Program at Bluefield State, Oct. 23||
(Bluefield)—When he visits Bluefield State College later this month, John Ellison will be returning to the area of his youth. Ellison, who wrote and recorded “Some Kind of Wonderful,” a song that has been played more than 4 million times on radio since he introduced it in the 1960s, will deliver two programs at BSC’s Basic Science Auditorium, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., October 23. Both programs are open to the public, free of charge.
Recently honored with a “Because of You” award at the 2013 Miners’ Celebration in Beckley, Ellison was born and raised in the coal mining community of Landgraff in McDowell County. He moved to Rochester, NY, eventually joined the R&B group the “Soul Brothers Six,” and recorded “Some Kind of Wonderful. Since his introduction of the song in 1967, it has been recorded by approximately 60 artists, including Grand Funk Railroad.
“I never dreamed it would have the effect it has had on popular music,” Ellison noted. “The lyrics are simple and relatable. Maybe that’s why so many people admire it.”
During his presentations at BSC, Ellison will talk about his youth, growing up in West Virginia coal country in a home with no running water, scarce food, and hand-me-down clothes. He’ll also talk about the importance of holding onto a dream, never giving up, and realizing that faith, focus, and hard work are the keys that can help anyone succeed.
Ellison will sing his signature song, along with other original songs that salute the hard working coal miners of the state.
“John Ellison’s message is tremendously inspirational and his music is unforgettable,” observed Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC’s president. “We hope the community takes advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet John and be inspired by his story.” In addition to the free admission programs at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at BSC, there will be a reception after Ellison’s 7 p.m. performance, during which members of the audience will have an opportunity to talk with him.
|BSC Launches Krotseng’s ‘Go for Graduation’ Scholarship Challenge to Help Students Complete College||Thursday, October 10 2013||BSC Launches Krotseng’s ‘Go for Graduation’ Scholarship Challenge to Help Students Complete College||
(Bluefield)—The new “Go for Graduation” Scholarship program at Bluefield State College is designed to help students who need special financial assistance to complete their final year of college and graduate. “This program is a tremendously timely resource for students who are nearing the completion of their degree requirements while facing financial and life challenges that threaten to interrupt or derail their academic pursuits,” noted Betty Carroll, BSC’s Director of Institutional Advancement and Planning.
Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng, BSC President, and her husband, Mr. Lee Krotseng, have donated $10,000 for initiatives that emphasize increasing students’ degree completion, including the Big Blue Scholars Program, advising awards, and seed funds toward the “Go for Graduation” endowed scholarship. “Dr. and Mr. Krotseng are also challenging BSC alumni, faculty, staff, and local community to match their $10,000 gift by the College’s May 17, 2014 commencement,” explained Carroll. If BSC alumni, faculty, staff, and community match the $10,000 target by next May’s commencement date, Dr. and Mr. Krotseng will donate another $10,000, she added. All of the matching funds will be used for scholarships to help students who, in their final year of college, would be unable to graduate without special financial assistance.
To support this initiative, donors are requested to send checks, payable to the “Bluefield State College Foundation, with the notation “The Krotseng Challenge” on the check’s memo line, and mailed to Betty Carroll, BSC Foundation Director, Office of Institutional Advancement, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock St., Bluefield, WV 24701.
|“Big Blue Madness” at Bluefield State on Oct. 19 Features Free Food, Free Admission, and an opportunity to meet BSC’s Basketball Teams||Thursday, October 03 2013||“Big Blue Madness” at Bluefield State on Oct. 19 Features Free Food, Free Admission, and an opportunity to meet BSC’s Basketball Teams||
(Bluefield)—The inaugural "Big Blue Madness" program, featuring an opportunity to meet Bluefield State College's basketball teams, enjoy free food, and more, will be held at Bluefield State College on October 19, beginning at 5 p.m. There is free admission to the event and the public is encouraged to attend.
|Bluefield State College Receives $7500 Grant to Fund Student Empowerment/Suicide Prevention Program||Wednesday, October 02 2013||Bluefield State College Receives $7500 Grant to Fund Student Empowerment/Suicide Prevention Program||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College Research and Development Corporation has received a $7,500 grant to fund a program that provides students with human services internships and facilitates the development of suicide prevention activities conducted by student peer leaders. The grant is awarded by Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health. Dr. Anthony Woart, BSC Professor of Sociology and Director/Minority Health Institute, authored the grant, which will fund the “BSC Student Empowerment/Suicide Prevention Behavioral Health Program,” that enables three BSC students to gain experience as summer interns at ResCare, Inc., a human services agency that offers behavioral health services to people of all ages and abilities.
Dr. Woart expressed appreciation for the work of Dr. Sarita A. Rhonemus (Interim Director of Research and Sponsored Programs at BSC) and Dr. Tracey Anderson (BSC’s Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness) for their assistance in completing the grant submission process. He also noted that Ray Guy, CPA and Fiscal Manager/Treasurer, Bluefield State College Research and Development Corporation, will provide professional accounting and bookkeeping services for the grant.
|BSC Student Finds Parallels Between Pursuit of Nursing Degree and Professional Singing Career||Tuesday, October 01 2013||BSC Student Finds Parallels Between Pursuit of Nursing Degree and Professional Singing Career||
(Bluefield)—Pursuing seemingly different career goals at the same time can be pretty challenging, but Cody Wickline is enjoying the experience. A 2012 Woodrow Wilson High School honors graduate, the 19-year old Beckley resident is in the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing program, and he’s also finding the time and opportunity to test the waters and see how far his emerging talent as a singer/songwriter can take him.
Wickline, who earned a Promise Scholarship, enrolled in BSC’s ADN program at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. Not long ago, he returned from Nashville, where he was invited to record three songs he composed and his producer is actively marketing the songs to major record labels.
When asked about finding time to handle the demands of his academic and professional entertainment careers, he cites ways the pursuits are complimentary. “In both fields, you have to be sensitive to the situation,” he explained recently. “In a patient care setting, you’ve got to understand what the patient is going through. As a songwriter, you also have to understand what it feels like when someone is going through a tough time, and that’s the basis for a lot of my songs.”
“The nursing program at Bluefield State is tough, but it should be,” he continued, “because nursing is a challenging career and your studies have to develop your skills and understanding. It requires a lot more study in high school.”
While he’s always been fascinated by the healthcare field, Wickline wasn’t always certain he had the skill to sing professionally. “When I was in high school, we had a foreign language class project and my friend and I composed a song in Spanish,” he recalled. “I sang that song in class, and it was a hit. Before the day was over, I visited several classrooms at Woodrow Wilson to sing that song. That’s when I discovered that other thought I had some ability as a singer.”
As a 16 year old, Wickline devoted his Christmas break to learning how to play the guitar. “My dad encouraged me to try it, and I taught myself how,” he added. “I began to record music videos and entered some competitions.” His success included winning talent contests, first at the high school level, then during a local radio station’s “Texaco Country Showdown.” That led to an invitation to sing at the station for about an hour, at least once a month, for several months.
In August 2012, a Nashville producer held a music business seminar in the Beckley area and Wickline attended. “He said he had heard my name mentioned often during his time in Beckley, so I sang for him,” the 19-year old artist recounted. “He invited me to Nashville and I recorded some of my songs at an amazing multimillion dollar studio. There were musicians and singers who had backed up Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, and Loretta Lynn who provided musical backup during our recording session.” He has also performed twice before a live local and nationwide radio audience at the Wheeling Jamboree, the nation’s second largest live country radio show. He is also performing with the Lilly Mountaineers, a nationally recognized bluegrass and country band.
With a musical style that leans toward traditional country artists like George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Wickline is keeping his career options. “I definitely want to earn a nursing degree. I want an education, whether I get a recording label or not,” he added. “And, I also want to see how my music career plays out. It’s a challenge, but it’s also pretty exciting.
|BSC Men’s Tennis Team Wins ITA Regional Singles & Doubles Titles to Advance to National Tournament, Oct. 10-13||Monday, September 30 2013||BSC Men’s Tennis Team Wins ITA Regional Singles & Doubles Titles to Advance to National Tournament, Oct. 10-13||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College tennis players Jacob Carey, Vishwesh Sinha, and Aziz Yuldashev have earned berths in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national tournament, October 10-13 in Fort Myers, FL.
|BSC Faculty Member Roger Owensby To Be Recognized as “Educator of the Year” During “Miners’ Celebration,” Oct. 3 at Tamarack||Monday, September 30 2013||BSC Faculty Member Roger Owensby To Be Recognized as “Educator of the Year” During “Miners’ Celebration,” Oct. 3 at Tamarack||
(Bluefield)—Roger Owensby, Director of the Mining Engineering Technology Program at Bluefield State College, has been named "Educator of the Year" and will be recognized at the annual "Miners' Celebration," October 3 at Tamarack.
|BSC Accounting Program Students Participate in WV Society of CPA "Student Night"||Friday, September 20 2013||BSC Accounting Program Students Participate in WV Society of CPA "Student Night"||
Bluefield State College accounting program students attended the recent West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Student Night in Princeton. Pictured (front row left-to-right) are BSC students Johanna Yongque, Lindsay Snead, Ricardo deLeon, (back row, l-to-r) Bill Gearhart, Famara Jallow, and (Assistant Professor of Accounting) Paris Lester. Students met Judy Proctor (WVSCPA CEO) and Christopher Nice (President of the Charleston WV Chapter of WVSCPA). "Our students were invited to join the Society as student members," Prof. Lester noted. Through this membership, they can attend a job fair in Charleston in early October, networking with banks, CPA firms and other companies seeking to hire accountants.
|Bluefield State College Invites Volunteers to Join in The Home Depot “We Dig BSC” Campus Improvement Day, September 27||Wednesday, September 11 2013||Bluefield State College Invites Volunteers to Join in The Home Depot “We Dig BSC” Campus Improvement Day, September 27||
(Bluefield)--Bluefield State College is inviting volunteers to join the campus community on Friday, September 27 during The Home Depot “We Dig BSC” Campus Improvement Day. BSC was recently selected as one of 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the country to receive a campus improvement grant award from The Home Depot 2013 “Retool Your School” grant program. The $20,000 grant award to BSC will underwrite landscaping, planting, and enhancement projects throughout the campus.
BSC students, employees, alumni, and community volunteers will work with representatives from The Home Depot on September 27 to work on a variety of projects throughout the day. The “We Dig BSC” initiative begins with registration and a complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center. Volunteers will then move to specifically identified areas on campus to begin their projects. Everyone will reconvene at 1 p.m. in the Student Center for a celebration luncheon, and then will wrap up work early that afternoon.
“The Home Depot ‘Retool Your School’ award demonstrates the powerful impact that occurs when campus and community work together toward a common goal,” commented Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President. “Thanks to this team effort, we will enhance the College’s landscaping for current and future generations to enjoy and build upon BSC’s rich heritage as the ‘Campus Beautiful.’ We’re grateful to The Home Depot for providing this wonderful opportunity on behalf of HBCUs.”
“This program does more than enhance our campus,” added Shelia Johnson, BSC’s Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs. “It also offers the Bluefield State College community an opportunity to show our pride in the institution.”
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